To date, 445 locals have died from complications related to the virus. Long-term care sites account for 23 percent of local cases and 67 percent of local deaths.
By Matt Skoufalos | June 26, 2020
Another 42 Camden County residents have been sickened by novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the county government reported Friday.
That brings the local total of residents sickened to 7,666 and the local death toll to 445.
On Monday, officials said they’re bracing for additional new cases of the virus, as more businesses progress through Stage Two of reopening.
Throughout New Jersey, 170,584 people have been sickened by COVID-19, and 13,060 have perished from causes related to the virus; another 1,854 deaths have been deemed to be probably COVID-19 related as well.
Rate of transmission (Rt) down slightly overnight
Rt, or the estimated rate of transmission of new cases of the virus, was 0.86 percent statewide on June 24.
That figure indicates that every person infected with COVID-19 is infecting less than one other person, on average. However, it remains up significantly from a low of 0.62 recorded on June 9.
Over the past week, Rt has increased in 16 New Jersey counties, with six counties recording rates of transmission at least 50 percent greater than they had been a week ago, Murphy said Thursday.
The statewide average of COVID-19 spot positivity testing stood at 2.1 percent June 22; in South Jersey, it’s almost double, at 3.83 percent.
Spot positivity is a snapshot statistic, and the state’s report excludes serology tests, which can confirm the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, but not whether a patient actively has the virus.
According to the state health dashboard, on June 26, Camden County was tied with Passaic County for fifth in new cases of COVID-19, with 31.
LTC cases and deaths
Long-term care (LTC) facilities account for almost half of all deaths in the state and one-fifth of those infected, and new cases are still being discovered there.
Of 7,666 reported local COVID-19 cases, 1,769 (23 percent) have originated in a Camden County LTC facility: 1,298 are residents and 471 are staff.
LTCs are believed to be associated with 67 percent, or 297 of the 445 total deaths in Camden County; 294 were residents and three were staff.
Officials also announced Wednesday that the Camden County College COVID-19 testing site in Gloucester Township will shut down permanently at 4 p.m. today.
Residents can still get tested at 3101 Federal Street in Camden City, at Jefferson Health drive-through testing sites in Cherry Hill and Washington Township, and at select CVS and Rite-Aid pharmacy locations.
The newest local cases are:
- seven Camden City women, two each in their 30s and 50s, one each in her 40s, 70s, and 80s; and three men, two in their 40s, and one in his 30s
- four Cherry Hill men, two in their 20s, a teenaged boy, and one in his 70s; and two women, one each in her 40s and 50s
- two Chesilhurst women, one each in her 40s and 70s; and a man in his 40s
- a Clementon man in his 50s
- a Collingswood woman in her 80s
- a Gloucester City woman in her 30s
- four Gloucester Township women, two in their 60s, a teenaged girl, and one in her 80s; and a man in his 60s
- two Haddon Township men, one each in his 20s and 50s
- a Laurel Springs woman in her 20s
- two Lindenwold women, one each in her 40s and 60s; and two men in their 30s
- a Merchantville man in his 30s
- a Pennsauken man in his 50s
- a Pine Hill teenage girl, and man in his 20s
- a Runnemede man in his 60s
- a Voorhees man in his 70s
- a Winslow woman in her 30s and a man in his 40s
The Camden County and New Jersey Health Departments are working to facilitate trace investigations into all cases.
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